I can’t believe it but the time has come for us to head up North for our Christmas holiday with James’ Brother and his Wife. Our cottage is unfortunately lacking in WiFi so the updates will be few and far between from us! I am looking forward to switching off though and refreshing in time to make a success of 2017 and of course spending lots of quality time as a family without the usual humdrum of home life.
I am hoping to be able to post some updates over on Instagram if we have enough signal but this little blog of mine will be silent for those 2 weeks. I will still be writing whilst we are away though ready for smash January, you can still contact me by email email@example.com.
Have a lovely Christmas you lovely lot and a very safe, happy and prosperous New Year see you in 2017!
Last week we received a lovely delivery of a GB Pockit Stroller to test out over the Christmas period. I thought that I would share our first impressions of the Pockit after testing it for the last few days. The GB Pockit came all ready to be used straight out of the box, the stroller folds down so compact that it is just ever so slightly bigger than my changing bag, it actually holds the Guinness World Record for the smallest folded stroller. We thought this would be ideal for us going up North over Christmas as we weren’t planning on taking our big pram with us as we need room for all our stuff for the cottage we are staying in over that period.
The Pockit is super light (only 4.3kg) and compact and it makes it easy for me, without much strength to lift and move around. I could even pick it up one handed whilst carrying Ailsa and for me that is a huge positive. I do find however that once unfolded, it is slightly too tall for me but I am only 4ft 11in so this wouldn’t be an issue for anyone even slightly taller than I am. The Pockit moves easily with and without the weight of a child in it and I was able to push it one handed no problem. The Pockit is forward facing but I am able to see and speak to Ailsa from above quite easily, the only issue I had with this was when she fell asleep I didn’t realise and spoke to her for at least 5-10 minutes before I noticed oops. She must have found it comfy enough to fall asleep though!
One thing I am loving about the Pockit is Ailsa’s willingness to actually use it! It has become a recent struggle to get Ailsa in her big pram and I’ve had to resort to bribes so we don’t have massive tantrums. Since the Pockit arrived Ailsa has been so excited to use it and will climb in with no tears, fights or bribes. It has been a remarkable change in her behaviour when it comes to using a stroller and I couldn’t be happier with it. She absolutely adores using is and is quite happy and comfy in there. I have been popping her in her snowsuit for trips out and about in the cold weather and that is perfect for keeping her snug and warm without having lots of blankets wrapped her.
We are really looking forward to taking the GB Pockit Stroller away with us next week and seeing how well it travels and using it out and about a bit more. I will be doing a more in depth video review over on my YouTube Channel
in the New Year. The Pockit can be purchased from a number of retailers and is priced around £149.95.
Disclaimer: We were sent the GB Pockit Stroller on loan to review, we are receiving no monetary compensation in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
Last week we were sent a lovely Craft Beer subscription box from Beer 52. I decided to surprise James with it so I could gauge his genuine reaction of the box and as a craft beer lover I knew he would be over the moon with the delivery and I was right. As soon as he saw the box he was straight in there having a look at which beers had been delivered. When I told him he had to wait till I had photographed them before he could pop them in the fridge he was thoroughly disappointed, he only had to wait a day though. Just by chance his brother was here to visit the same weekend they got here so they both enjoyed taste testing all the beers and giving me some feedback.
Beer 52 are the UK’s largest Craft Beer discovery club and send their subscribers a selection of Craft Beers carefully curated by their team each month. Our box was delivered by courier and arrived in one piece, it is very clear on the box that there is glass inside so hopefully the couriers will be that more gentle with it. There were 7 bottles and one can in the box all well packed along with a small pack of flavoured seeds and a magazine. The men were thoroughly impressed with the selection that was sent through and really couldn’t wait to get stuck in. They both had a try of all of the beers and there were none that either of them disliked. Being big Craft Beer fans they thoroughly enjoyed trying some new brands as well as a familiar favourite Brew Dog.
The Contents of the box we themed around Christmas with several different styles of beer such as Session IPA’s, Rye Ale, American Amber and Grisette. James and Sean were quite happy to try some new styles of Beer. They were both super impressed with everyone that they tried but the particular favourites were the Littlebro by Norwegian brand Ægir and Santa Paws by Brew Dog. I asked them both if they thought it was worth the money (a 1 month subscription is £24 for 8 beers) and I got a resounding yes! I also asked if they would like to receive the box as a gift for either Christmas or a Birthday and again they both answered with a yes. James also suggested it would be a great idea to order a box for a boys night so there was nice selection of Beers rather than the bog standard from the supermarket.
So overall the Beer 52 Craft Beer Subscription box was a roaring success! I think a subscription would make the perfect gift for any Beer aficionado or for someone who is just getting into Beer. You can sign up here and if you use code MRSLYNCH10 you can get £10 off your order!!
Disclaimer: We were sent a the Beer 52 Subscription box for the purposes of this review, all opinions are my own and that of my husband and brother-in-law. This post contains an affiliate code, which means I make a small amount from every purchase made, this does not cost you any more.
Since having Ailsa I have definitely wanted to make Christmas time exciting and magical, I am sure we all want that for our children but there are definitely some traditions that I want to continue with but also new ones to start with her. Things that we can do every year as a family, and also include our extended family when they are around too.
Christmas Eve Boxes
I was always allowed to open one small present on Christmas Eve and James continued that for me once we became a couple, normally something small and silly like a book or a pair of festive socks. This year I am doing a big family Christmas Eve hamper full of things to enjoy throughout the day, things to eat and drink, activities to keep up occupy us and a special christmas book and movie. I am going to be doing a separate post on it soon so keep an eye out.
Buying a Special Ornament
Since James and I moved into our current house 2 years ago we started to buy a few special tree ornaments each Christmas from a shop in Bath called December 25th, it is open all year round though we only head in November/December and we pick a few new pieces to add to the tree. Last year we had a lovely hand print one done by Ailsa for her first Christmas and will do that with any other little ones we have.
Drinking Mulled Wine
I adore mulled wine and love nothing more than wandering around the Christmas Markets with a cup or on Christmas Eve, chilling in front of the TV with a glass. It is one of my favourite things about Christmas.
Visiting the Christmas Markets
Each year we head into Bath to visit the Christmas Market which is just fab for buying local artisan produce such as cheese, chocolate and alcohol along with locally made crafts. We normally get into Edinburgh between Christmas and New Year for that Market but since we aren’t heading back to Scotland for Christmas this year we will unfortunately miss it.
Eating Lots of Yummy Food
It wouldn’t be Christmas if we didn’t indulge ourselves in lots of yummy food. Cheese and sweet treats are often the favourite. My sister-in-law and I have been planning our Christmas break feasts for this year and Cheese comes top of the menu everytime. I think we will have a cheese board out most nights for our 2 weeks away. We usually have 5 courses on Christmas day and I am thoroughly looking forward to indulging!